143 posts • joined Monday 14th March 2011 07:12 GMT
Bill Bailey would have your guts for garters
I believe it was actually the other bloke who coined the term 'survival of the fittest'. Darwin preferred the term 'survival of the best adapted'.
Re: Pulled upgrades...
I agree that the long-term Android experience can be rather poor. That doesn't encourage anyone to buy a new Android handset from the same manufacturer, regardless of the specs. That's why it's important for the manufacturers to make sure their upgrades on current handsets are bullet-proof. Most punters aren't interested in custom ROMs.
Samsung also have a fairly bewildering range of handsets at different price points. Some of the bigger phones are a lot cheaper that the S4. So I think they may be canabalising their own sales. Meanwhile Sony have a much simpler product line, although I don't think they are doing so great at the moment either.
Re: A different experience..
My partner was bitten on the toe by a redback and she was given the anti-venom. The possibly limited effectiveness was well known to the nurses and the doctor and discussed with her (she is a nurse) but they recommended in her case she should have it and she agreed. She had the pain, swelling, localised sweating and reslessness for about 24 hours then the symptoms subsided. Plenty of locals apparently don't bother going to hospital when they get bit, which is maybe not too wise.
For what used to be an interesting train trip, try the one from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur. Not much variety these days; palm oil plantation followed by palm oil plantation as far as the eye can see. Just because it looks green from a distance doesn't mean it is good. Some of the locals will tell you the palm oil plantations are just replacing the old rubber plantations, but I don't think that's the half of it.
"Three million three hundred and fifty thousond three hundred and one; three million three hundred and fifty thousand three hundred and two, three million three hundred and fifty thousand three hundred and three."
"Cup ot tea George?"
"Lovely, white and one please!"
"Um, um...bugger! ....one, two, three..."
Is proofreading really forbidden? Given that it is axiomatic that you can't proof read your own copy I find that astoiunding. Of course there are people who think they can proof their own copy, but they are worng (see what I did there? Did I make any other non-deliberate mistakes - probably). Do lecturers enjoy reading essays with lots of typos?
Re: the most intresting question remains...
But if the DNA keeps getting re-introduced to the mix by, basically, shagging your relatives, which is likely in small populations, does this not complicate matters just a little?
I'm not sure your argument support the usefulness of the term 'race' either. It's now just sounds like an attempt to use a non-scientific term to replace a scientific term that is becoming increasingly hazy.
Re: She answered the question
Don't know how to edit my posts: that should read: "Are you the best source for your own content"?
She answered the question
but it wasn't the right question, which is "Are you the best source for your own contect"? If the answer is no, then people will pirate. If you are the best source, they will even pay for it.
Re: Nothing will make airships viable.
Funny, I thought the Graf Zeppelin was broken up for scrap after nearly ten years of safe operation.
Good advice except that it's impossible
Every blinkin' website, including this one, requires you to register in order to comment, not to mention banks, software suppliers like Adobe etc etc. How are you supposed to remember all these passwords? OK, you put them in a password manager program. How do you secure that? Another password you have to remember. You're supposed to change that regularly of course, but it still has to be something that is a) hard to crack, but b)easy (or at least possible) to remember. If that gets cracked, they get everything. It's still better than nothing, but suggesting there is a security process that works reliably is highly misleading.
Australia, meaning all of Australia, has just recorded the hotest September ever recorded. Last January was the hotest January ever recorded. Just two more data points to add to the whole, weather isn't climate etc. The new 'Liberal' government's first act was to abolish the Climate Commission. Remarkable considering some of them are farmers.
Re: Here we go again
I actually saw a bloke on the train last night using a Windows phone. First time ever. This proves that Windows phones are now wildly popular. Or maybe it just proves that they are very colourful, or something.
Re: EU and US competition issues?
Consumer law also comes into it in Australia. For example, resale price maintenance of the kind described in Vietnam is illegal in Australia, don't know about other jurisdictions (having said that, Apple seems to have successfully prevented discounting on its products in a way that doesn't seem to have ever been adequately investigated). Any anti-competitive behaviour that affects consumers can attract the attention of the relevant authorities.
Best at none
Actually, you're right. But most people don't need best, or else can't afford it, and settle for 'good enough', which is what my Transformer Pad is. I think Intel's problem here is that what they are trying to do is not possible in Windows; compact, light weight, long battery life, fully featured apps etc - at the moment, you have to choose a couple of those things. A lot of people are choosing to have Windows PC at home (and the office) and an Android or iPad device for everything else.
It seems to me that a suitable solution would be require voters to number all the boxes above the line. That way people would at least have to read the name of the party they are preferencing and they might decide not to vote for the "Release more pigs in national parks" party etc after all.
Re: None of the above
Exactly, because voting is compulsory some people just take the ballot and make a deliberate informal vote. It's kind of surprising there isn't more fraud considering you don't have to show any ID, but the fact is fraud isn't a big issue in Australian elections and there is nothing to be said for fixing a problem that doesn't exist.
But it's a diesel
Encouraging more diesels in private cars doesn't seem very eco friendly to me. No mention of fine particle particulates in the article (cough, cough).
Part from A and part from B
I would have thought that a live stream was a broadcast, but a 'podcast' was not. If you don't send it until I specifically ask for it then it is not a broadcast. If you are streaming in real time then it is a broadcast. I may not be listening at any particular time, but that is no different to a radio station that you only hear if you tune in to that frequency.
While I may accept that the system in the Senate may look 'Byzantine' to the uninitiated, the preferential system in the House of Reps is pretty simple, and ensures you have to receive at least 51% of the vote to get elected. 'First past the post' voting may be simple, but it is not democratic in my view, since it frequently results in people being elected who are not wanted by the majority of the voters in that electorate.
There is another problem apart from price. The conventional channels, which now include Foxtel, are simply not the best source for this content. They interrupt the shows with adds, they put station logos on the screen, they run tickers for the next program at the most dramatic moment in the program etc. In the digital age, if you are the best source for your own content, you own the content. Otherwise, people will run the risk of viruses and trojans in order to get a 'clean feed'.
Re: What about AEW?
Quite, all the things that are 'routine' but still require carrier qualified pilots, like COD (Carrier on Board Delivery, at least that's what they used to call it), in other words the mail and beer run (and high value spares, of course). Crying out for a suitable drone, and the AEW thing has got to be the next option shirley?
The broader point is that, once you no longer have overwhelming superiority, dispersal and muliplying your launch platforms becomes a lot more sensible. Smaller carriers carrying lots of drones give the potential enemy a different kind of headache. This is because the aircraft, whether manned or not, are still relatively fragile and if your big carrier suffers heavy damage you're likely to lose the lot.
Who are these people who manage to use a web browser without bookmarks? I just don't understand how they do it. I've used Opera as my main browser for 10 years and if there are no bookmarks or they do what Firefox mobile do and dump bookmarks into a random, unsortable pile, then it will be goodby Opera for me. What browser I will use instead will be a problem, however, since they all seem to have lost their minds on this score. It's simple really, there are some sites I visit less often than others. That, in a nutshell, is why you need bookmarks that you can sort and put in folders that make sense to you. Hopefully there is one person left at Opera who is paying attention.
my Asus Transformer Pad is slowly declining in usefulness. The updates to the operating system have somehow destroyed the battery life and now the stock browser is crashing when I try to open the bookmarks folder. All the other Android browsers seem to hate the idea of putting bookmarks into folders. Hmmm, this could be an interesting device, or it could be a Frankenstein's monster. Asus will eventually learn that bad after-sales support will kill you in the long run.
I used to get parcels delivered to a small local post office I could walk to. But the post office started getting more and more parcel deliveries. Great you may say, more business for them! Oh no, too much hassle, now that branch won't accept parcels at all, and the service has been 'consolidated' to a post office miles away. Way to shoot yourself in the foot. I'm at home most evenings; so are the delivery drivers, or so it seems.
Straw man made of straw
That's your post-war justification for the war. The pre-war justification was that there was evidence of real and imminent threat. This turned out not to be the case, because the 'evidence' turned out to be scanty and from very few sources. That is not the case with the study of global climate.
Well, we get the home team, such as Bullants, and the visitors, such as Argentine ants, so there's plenty out there to ruin your picnic. Some species seem very attracted to hard drives (spinning disc so magnetic field?) and once they arrive they are a bugger to get rid of.
Re: 'the launch should have PayPal and its ilk very worried indeed'
There are more than enough people who have had Paypal decide to debit their linked bank account and inform them afterwards who will no longer have anything to do with Paypal. You're not getting their business at the moment, if the only options you provide are Paypal and direct debit. They'll have a look at your payment terms and shop elsewhere.
Oh noes, what do?
Sue them all, you have a legal right to. On a related note, does anyone else think it's ironic that the leading search engine should become an enemy of curiosity (if you define curiosity as I do, the ability to be interested in almost anything)?
is supposed to be determined by the courts, not by admistrative fiat. Before they can say you have done anything 'illegal' you have to be convicted of doing so in a court of law. They have to prove their case, not just say "Make it so".
Matt Funk huh?
Old Matt must have had to overcome a certain amount of unconscious prejudice to become the engineer in charge. Sort of makes you want to put on your flame proof suit just reading about it.
Re: to answer the headline question
Actually, 'raising awaremess' is the first requirement for behaviour change. For example, making people aware of what happens to all their garbage after the big truck takes it away is a key step in getting people to recycle what they can of said garbage.
Not everyone needs high speed internet, that is true. Unfortunately, if you want to sell your house and I'm interested in buying your house and your area isn't wired for speed then we are both screwed. Putting it everywhere makes sense, the coalition's policy is just what the existing telcos were doing anyway. Especially for a country like Australia, with a relatively small population spread over a vast area, the NBN makes sense in giving us a comparative advantage, or at least not leaving us at a grave disadvantage versus the rest of the developed world.
Re: This has worried me for a while
Australia has a 'four pillars' policy; basically a government-regulated oligopoly. The result is that everyone pays more for all banking services that they would under an open competition model, but there are less nasty surprises. No system is perfect, but this seems better than what is currently happening, or is proposed, for the US and UK.
The important part
has at least been got right, in that you don't have a video replay on the big screen, just a signal to the ref. In the other sports, the controversies have just become about smaller distances, they haven't gone away entirely.
'The Shark Callers of Kontu', suggested reading 'The Iliad' by Homer.
I dunno, anything that's very, very hard resembles rocket science. What you are describing is actually very hard to achieve. The problem is people think it should be easy for some reason, despite experience that shows them time and again that this is where the project craps itself.
What are all these 'cubic meters' measuring?
Re: How Microsoftian
So right, if people can't shop around, they aren't going to find her shop in the first place. Any salesperson knows that not all pitches lead to sales, that doesn't mean you stop selling. If she establishes herself as the local expert and the word gets around that this is so, it's going to help her bottom line in the long run. Exactly the same as finding that one computer shop where the staff have half a clue and are actually interested in computers. Prices still have to be competitive, mind.
Re: @The Axe
A couple of points here. There are plenty of 'practical monopolies' that are not created by government, especially in the utilities area. Once an electricity generator of water company has started in a particular area, the barriers to entry for new competitors are huge. A second point; MS bundled Word with Excel in MS Office, and the accountants wanted Excel. Everyone else was happy with WordPerfect, but you couldn't get Excel with without buying the whole Office bundle, which made buying a separate word processing program a waste of money.
What is 'far more real world' about the North East Coast of the US compared to California? Don't far more people live in California? It would seem Tesla's electric cars aren't too good in areas where it snows and where you need to do lots of long-distance driving. If you live in such an area, perhaps you should just buy something else?
Re: Clearly Apple like to play comparison games...
Steve also said styluses were history. Lots of iPad users in my vicinity have bought after-market ones; how long before an iPad comes with a stylus slot built in?
Re: Just a silly question: ISS photography?
So you think the hash isn't settled by a ship actually sailing across the stretch of ocean in question, but will be settled by some pictures taken from outer space? Your faith in technology is touching (look out for that iceberg!).
Don't think you comparison holds water, old bean. With facial recognition, you don't carry the transponder around with you anywhere you go.
I remember when these RFIDs first came out there was this debate on television and this hip Gen Yer said she wouldn't mind having a chip inserted so she could borrow library books at Uni etc. I thought at the time "That's not how it's going to happen". Like Focault knew, it was going to start with all the people and creatures who had the least control over what happened to their bodies, so
1) Domestic pets: check
2) Prison inmates: check
3) Old people with (and no doubt soon, without) dementia): check
4) School kids; check
5) Workers in security environments: check
6) Workers not in security environments: soon.
Lot's of people around here love wearing their identity tags around their necks all the time. I'm not one of them.
Re: It's the book of revelation
Yeah, but don't they say 'Revelations' like they say 'Spurs' and 'Hearts' for Tottenham Hotspur and Heart of Midlothian?
Commitment now conditional
The Government has now made a budget surplus (people in the Northern Hemisphere may remember them) an aim rather than a commitment. This is sensible economically but may remain damaging politically.
It's not just that modern machines are powerful enough. I didn't realise just how noisy my old computer was until I upgraded about two years ago. I asked the local computer bloke to build me a machine that was adequate but quiet. What I got was a machine that was adequate, can play many games, and is totally silent in operation. In a domestic environment that matters.
The other aspect is that more computer power tended to demand more electric power (and generate more heat). It was important to me to break that cycle.
Hunting not fighting
Not directly addressed in the article, but I thought the advantage these weapons gave you was in hunting big and fast game. This allowed modern humans to hunt more species over a wider range. As other have pointed out, weapons you chuck away have a use in fighting but one rather significant drawback; once you've chucked it, it's gone, and the other bloke now has it and can chuck it back (OK they might not have the woomeras, as we call them around here, but would that really make that big a difference?). So I believe the theory is that we out-competed the Neaderthals, rather than just topping or enslaving them.